The working world is changing. Now more than ever, businesses and business leaders are realising the health and happiness of their employees isn’t just a welcome perk of an optimistic team, it’s an essential part of business success.
A recent study by the University of Oxford shows when employees are happier in their jobs, productivity increases by up to 13%. This doesn’t sound like a massive number, but when you take the size of your company and profits into account, it could represent a drastic positive shift in your business.
But how can you help improve your employees’ happiness? Despite what you may think it isn’t always about money; It’s about going the extra mile to create and maintain a happy and healthy working environment. This includes occasional escapes from the workplace, too.
At Freewheel Holidays we’re huge advocates of the incredible benefits cycling and cycling holidays can bring… that includes for your workforce! So if you’re looking to get your team ‘back in the saddle’ when it comes to overall satisfaction in the workplace, maybe you should take a look at corporate cycling holidays for your next work outing!
With this in mind, here’s just a few reasons why corporate cycling holidays could be right for you, your workforce and your business:
In 2017, over 28% of adults in the UK were classed as obese, with over 35% being classed as overweight. Given this is over a third of all adults in the country, this is a terrifying statistic.
Cycling has long been recognised as one of the most enjoyable and beneficial of all physical activities. Everything from diabetes and cardiovascular issues to brain disease and beyond are all much lower than the national average amongst the cycling community - this is no coincidence!
But given the nature of many modern desk-based jobs, where there is little to no movement throughout the working day, it’s no surprise many employees don’t get their recommended daily hour of exercise.
Corporate cycling holidays are a great way to not only allow your employees the freedom to get some good exercise, but also to encourage a more active, healthy lifestyle in general.
You never know, you might even spark something in your employees that creates a new lifelong passion for the sport!
But the benefits of company cycling holidays go far beyond just the physical...
Mental health issues have never been more at the forefront of conversation than they are today. Recent statistics show that at least 1 in 4 people in the UK will have to deal with a mental health issue at some point in their lives, and this number is on the rise.
While this could be for any number of reasons, we do know that in a lot of cases, work is a major factor. In 2019, it was concluded that 12.8 million working days were lost as a result of employees dealing with stress, depression or anxiety.
Cycling promotes the release of endorphins which encourage positive thinking and helps eliminate a whole host of conditions. Plus, cycling can be a great way to practice mindfulness (if the usual meditation methods don’t suit); During cycling, whether we notice or not, our breathing becomes much more regulated and our minds become calmer, focusing on the task at hand.
In a pressurised working environment, it can be easy for our minds to slip into some difficult-to-escape ways of negative thinking. Corporate cycling holidays provide a much-needed rest and escape.
The locations where we choose to cycle can also have an impact on our mental health; We’re far more likely to be in a relaxed state of mind when we’re in relaxed surroundings.
Speaking of which...
The Benefits of Travel & Holidays
There’s a reason the phrase “I need a holiday” is so common. Holidays are the universal method of escaping stress and travelling to exciting new locations can work wonders for our health, both mental and physical.
When you travel as a group, on corporate cycling holidays for instance, it’s pretty much inevitable that your sense of team spirit will come into play as you work together to move from one location to the next, soaking up all the incredible sights, sounds and culture you encounter as you go.
There’s so much of the world to be discovered, and your team can re-discover their sense of team spirit along the way.
Why choose Freewheel for your corporate cycling holidays?
As well as being one of the most experienced cycling holiday companies in the country, the Freewheel team is made up of tried-and-tested cycling enthusiasts, passionate about travelling the world by bike!
Our close partnerships with expert travel vendors allows us to help you get to your preferred cycling holiday destination of choice, in a wide choice of prime cycling locations all across Europe.
To find out more, visit us at FreewheelHolidays.co.uk.
And if you're ready to take your work team on the corporate cycling holiday of a lifetime, get in touch today and let's see what we can do for you!